Email from Cuba Transition Project
Cubans can not:
• Travel abroad without government permission.
• Change jobs without government permission.
• Change residence without government permission.
• Access the Internet without government permission (the Internet is closely monitored and controlled by the government. Only 1.67% of the population has access to the Internet).
• Send their children to a private or religious school (all schools are government run, there are no religious schools in Cuba).
• Watch independent or private radio or TV stations (all TV and radio stations are owned and run by the government). Cubans illegally watch/listen to foreign broadcasts.
• Read books, magazines or newspapers, unless approved/published by the government (all books, magazines and newspapers are published by the government).
• Receive publications from abroad or from visitors (punishable by jail terms under Law 88).
• Visit or stay in tourist hotels, restaurants, and resorts (these are off-limits to Cubans).
• Seek employment with foreign companies on the island, unless approved by the government.
• Run for public office unless approved by Cuba’s Communist Party.
• Own businesses, unless they are very small and approved by the government and pay onerous taxes.
• Join an independent labor union (there is only one, government controlled labor union and no individual or collective bargaining is allowed; neither are strikes or protests).
• Retain a lawyer, unless approved by the government.
• Choose a physician or hospital. Both are assigned by the government.
• Refuse to participate in mass rallies and demonstrations organized by the Cuban Communist Party.
• Criticize the Castro regime or the Cuban Communist Party, the only party allowed in Cuba.
The CTP can be contacted 305-284-CUBA (2822) or http://ctp.iccas.miami.edu